destination #6: cedar point, sandusky, ohio
nicknames: america's rockin' rollercoast
fun fact: having opened in 1870, cedar point is the 2nd oldest amusement park and holds the record for most rides (75)
well known pointer: snoopy
for those of you who don't know, i am an avid roller coaster rider. i love them. i can't get enough of them. i would (and will) travel most anywhere to ride the most awesome of rides. fortunately enough for me, i grew up not far from the number one amusement park in the world, cedar point! (take that japan!).
after my exhausting and slightly terrifying trip to the south, it was due time to feel my intestines rise up with the drop of the roller coaster's first hill, the wind rushing over my bald head, and smell the rank fishy scent of lake erie - i could hardly wait.
now, i had been going to cedar point a long time. i rode all the big guys - magnum, mean streak, raptor, millennium. it was never an issue of "you're a baby - you can't ride". well apparently things change. cedar point gets bigger, faster, taller rides, and with that they think they have to make the riders more safe?
"ohhh, you are a baby, you don't meet the minimum height requirement. why don't you try the frog hopper". well cedar point, i will try the frog hopper, but let me tell you - i am a world traveler! i conquered the st. louis arch! i survived mother goose land! i will ride your rides, whether you like it or not, mister ride operator man from coon rapids, iowa! you wait and see!!
while walking around the park, i noticed a sign just outside the magnum xl 200. a sign that read simply, "just ride it". after the newly enforced height requirements and apparent "no babies allowed to ride" rule, this sign was all the confidence i needed.
with the surprising support and mad smuggling skills from my family, i managed to do exactly as that sign demanded: i did just ride it.
so what if i had to be held and am not strapped in whatsoever. i survived the 195 foot 60º drop. i made it through all the tunnels, i lost no sunglasses, hat or other articles of value. i rode it!
of course after such a huge victory for baby kind all over the world, and with the hope of my family finally accepting me and loving me more than ever, i later had this misfortune happen:
I AM NOT A FOOTBALL, FAMILY.
all in all, it was a great day, but i have a message for cedar point:
relax a little and realize there are more rides for babies than frog hopper!!
...although frog hopper is an awesome ride.